Gill Gwalchmai - MBACP
Please note, that due to the unfortunate current pandemic, I am available for therapy sessions via WhatsApp Visual, or via a phone call at a reduced rate as I'm aware of the financial implications for everyone at the moment. Please see my contact details below for further information.
I am a qualified and registered therapist who is able to work with a wide range of difficulties that you may be facing, including relationship issues, family issues, divorce and separation, communication breakdown, child/parent relationships, depression, general anxiety disorder, feeling sad and misunderstood, guilt, negative unwanted thoughts, anger, bereavement and loss. Or perhaps you are just in a stuck place with regard to making the right decisions for your life. Maybe you have lost confidence in yourself? Is the stress of life getting too much for you?
I believe as a therapist that encouraging a trusting relationship is the foundation for any real work to move forward and to develop positive change, direction and healing. I work in a safe, confidential and comfortable environment, which is accepting and non-judgmental. I work using an integrative model with various tools and researched theories depending on what would be beneficial for you.
I will incorporate a Person-Centered model of work, which means that you are at the 'centre' of the work. I may also draw on insights from CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Psycho-dynamic insights (childhood) and some creativity. Creativity can be very helpful to process feelings which could be difficult to express and explore as part of your healing and change - we will use whichever model will be the most beneficial for your needs. However, as previously mentioned, the most important part of your therapy is the therapeutic relationship between you and the Counsellor with whom who you choose to work with. Once trust and a mutual rapport has been established - the process will naturally evolve, at your pace.
After your initial appointment if you decide that you would like to have counselling, we can decide and agree whether your requirements will be short or long term, with regular reviews to ensure you are happy with the process and that you are achieving the results you desire.
Please note that the youngest age I can work with is 17 years.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked within various counselling agencies, gaining valuable experience by working with people from all walks of life. Everyone’s background and journey is unique.
I have a Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy obtained through Willows Counselling Services in Swindon, incorporating working within the agency where I still practice and volunteer alongside my private practice in Wantage. I have also worked at a children's centre, by supporting parents who struggle to cope.
Prior to that, I studied at New College in Swindon. I am a member of various professional bodies, and continue with ongoing personal development, ensuring that you are receiving professional standards of counselling. I receive regular supervision, and I also attend conferences which keep me informed of mental health developments within the NHS and updated developments within various Counselling organisations and networks.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer an initial assessment to help you make an informed decision about whether you would like to work with me, and this will also help me assess whether I have the necessary skills to help bring about the change you desire for your life, or whether it would be more beneficial for you to be referred to another agency depending on your needs.
Initial Assessment - £30.00 (1 hour)
Further Therapy Sessions - £45.00 (1 hour)
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone me if you have any queries (mobile preferably), if I'm unavailable at the time of your contact, please be assured that I will get back to you as soon as I can. Please leave a clear message. I will endeavor to get back to you within 24 hours on week days, and within 48 hours if you contact me over the weekend. Thank you.